Organizations | Events | Water Quality Data
There are organizations across the state that work to protect and restore water resources. Search below for organizations in Southwest Minnesota:
Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui, LeSueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pipestone, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Stevens, Swift, Watonwan, Yellow Medicine
Big Stone Soil and Water Conservation District
County: Big Stone
The mission of the Big Stone Soil and Water Conservation District is to educate and assist the citizens of Big Stone County to efficiently and economically manage the soil and water resources of the County, for present and future generations.
Blue Earth Soil & Water Conservation District
County: Blue Earth
It is the objective of the Blue Earth County Soil and Water Conservation District to carry out a well-founded program of conservation.
Water Resources Center – Minnesota State University
County: Blue Earth
The mission of the Water Resources Center is to: gather, interpret, and distribute data of environmental significance to help citizens enhance the quality of regional lakes, rivers, wetlands, and groundwater. This is accomplished through faculty and student applied research, educational programming, technical assistance, and water resource planning.
Brown Soil & Water Conservation District
The Brown SWCD is a local organization through which landowners and operators in the District may cooperate with each other and with agencies of the County, State, and Federal governments on soil and water conservation, watershed protection, flood prevention, farm forestry, wildlife improvement, recreation, rural farm development, and pollution abatement. It is contemplated that assistance made available through the District will encourage the use of all land within its capability and its need for protection and improvement. This assistance shall be consistent with the District’s priorities and commitments.
Coalition for a Clean Minnesota River
We work to ensure that all citizens have a voice in determining the river’s future. We encourage and support the broadest diversity of citizens possible, building effective networks and bridges among unusual allies to reach our goals. We strive to find balance and realistic approaches to solving the river’s environmental problems.
Chippewa River Watershed Project
The Chippewa River Watershed Project seeks to improve water quality and flooding problems within the Chippewa River watershed while promoting a healthy agricultural, industrial, and recreation-based economy for the region.
Chippewa Soil & Water Conservation District
The purpose of the Chippewa SWCD is to control soil erosion and improve water quality. The primary goal of the District is to take available technical, financial and educational resources, watever their source, and focus on coordinating them so that they meet the needs of the local land user.
Clean Up the River Environment (CURE)
Founded in 1992, CURE works to restore, celebrate and protect the Upper Minnesota River Watershed. CURE seeks to inspire area youth and the general public through river trips and field days. CURE holds meetings with different types of people to create common purpose and vision. CURE advocates for public policy at the local, regional, and national level.
Cottonwood Soil & Water Conservation District
To help maintain a better environment for future generations, to encourage the through programs and education.
Faribault Soil & Water Conservation District
The mission of the Faribault County SWCD is to assist the citizens of Faribault County in improving water quality and reducing soil erosion, establishing wildlife habitat, and promoting information and education to ensure continued clean water for future generations and continued productivity of our soil and water.
Heron Lake Watershed District
It is the mission of the HLWD to carry out the conservation of the natural resources within its jurisdiction using sound scientific principles to reduce property damage, improve water quality for the benefit of the public health, welfare, and recreation, and to provide for the preservation and enhancement of wildlife habitat.
Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District
The Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) provides technical assistance to all Jackson County private and public land owners. This mission is accomplished through a multitude of Local, State and Federal Programs. These programs are promoted and implemented in Partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The SWCD is here to help landowners “Put Conservation on the Ground.”
Kandiyohi Soil and Water Conservation District
Our mission is to encourage the wise use of land and water and to treat these resources in accordance with their needs for protection and improvement.
Lac qui Parle Soil and Water Conservation District
County: Lac qui
The mission of the Lac qui Parle Soil and Water Conservation District is to take available technical, financial and educational resources, what ever their source and focus or coordinate them so that they meet the needs of the local landusers to help them protect Lac qui Parle’s natural resources.
LeSueur Soil and Water Conservation District
The purpose of the District is to assist land occupiers in applying practices for the conservation of soil and water resources. These practices are intended to control wind and water erosion, pollution of lakes and streams, and damage to wetlands and wildlife habitats.
Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District
The mission of the Lincoln SWCD is to identify existing and potential problems and opportunities for the protection, management and development of water and related land resources; and to develop objectives and carry out a plan of action to promote sound hydrologic management of water and related land resources and effective environmental protection.
Lyon Soil and Water Conservation District
The mission of the Lyon Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is to provide high quality, professional assistance to the citizens and land users of our county to provide them tools and programs to utilize in the protection and enhancement of our resources.
Martin Soil and Water Conservation District
Martin SWCD works with land managers, local government agencies, land users and others interested in addressing a broad spectrum of resource concern: Erosion Control, Flood Prevention, Water Quality and Quantity, Non-Point Source Pollution, Forest Land Protection, Wildlife, Recreation, Waste Water Management and Community Development.
McLeod Soil and Water Conservation District
Our mission is to provide assistance to the land users of McLeod County using natural resources to increase the productive use of land while maintaining and improving the soils base, water quality, tree production, wildlife and the overall quality of the county.
Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District
Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was organized in the fall of 1949 and additional townships were added in 1951 and 1953 and all cities were added in July of 1972. The SWCD was organized for the purpose of assisting land occupiers in dealing with a wide range of conservation protection, flood prevention measures, farm forestry, wildlife improvement, recreation and rural area development within the 17 townships of Meeker County.
Murray Soil and Water Conservation District
The Mission of the Murray Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is to provide technical, financial, and educational support to the public for the purpose of conserving and protecting soil, water, and other natural resources.
Nicollet County Soil and Water Conservation District
Our mission is to assist the landowners of Nicollet County in efficiently and effectively using natural resources in order to increase the productive use of cropland, pastureland, woodland, wild life land, urban land, and recreation land, while maintaining and improving the soils base, water quality, tree production, wildlife, and the quality of life in the county.
Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District
The Nobles SWCD partners with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and other watershed personnel to reduce erosion and improve water quality and wildlife habitat for the residents of Nobles County.
East Otter Tail County Soil and Water Conservation District
County: Otter Tail
Because of our natural resources, soil, water, and air are so fragile and easily degraded, it is the mission of the West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District to promote the wise and proper use of all natural resources within the District for the economic, environmental, and aesthetic betterment of all.
West Otter Tail County Soil and Water Conservation District
County: Otter Tail
It shall be the mission of the Soil and Water Conservation District to conserve and protect our soil and water resources that were placed into our trust. Our quality of life and our environment depends on the partnership between our Board of Supervisors, its employees, and a willingness of land users to commit to good land use practices and management skills.
Pennington County Soil and Water Conservation District
To provide landowners and other agencies with technical assistance in identifying and improving resource issues. Best management practices are promoted through the administration of numerous programs to conserve natural resources.
Pipestone County Soil and Water Conservation District
To Promote Conservation of Natural Resources through Education, Technical Assistance, & Stewardship.
Pope County Soil and Water Conservation District
The Mission of Pope Soil & Water Conservation District is to promote, guide, and provide high quality technical assistance for Pope County and for the enhancement and protection of land and water resources through implementation projects that will lead toward effective conservation of soil and water.
Redwood County Soil and Water Conservation District
Redwood Soil and Water Conservation District was established in January, 1953. The citizens of Redwood County were concerned about soil erosion by wind and water and its affect on water quality. The district was authorized to be established when the state legislature passed the Minnesota Soil Conservation District Law in 1937. The law enabled farmers within set boundaries to organize for conservation purposes and gave them the power to enter into legal agreements and provide financial aid to landowners.
Hawk Creek Watershed Project
The Hawk Creek Watershed Project work area covers 623,424 acres (974.1 square miles) of land and is located in parts of Renville, Chippewa, and Kandiyohi Counties. It is unique among the other major watersheds of the Minnesota River in that it is comprised of a main tributary (Hawk Creek) and several other streams that flow directly into the Minnesota River.
Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District
The Renville County Soil & Water Conservation District exists to insure proper management of the county’s soil and water resources. The primary problem within the district is wind erosion due to intensive row crop farming combined with a virtually treeless prairie landscape. Water erosion is also a major problem in sloping areas of the county contributing to sedimentation of our ditch system and water courses. Feedlot pollution and chemical run-off is also an increasing problem. The soil and water conservation district is committed to providing assistance to any individual, group or agency that requests help in managing their natural resources.
Rock County Soil and Water Conservation District
To protect the environment along with assisting landowners with knowledge of the rules so that together we may be successful in conserving our land, water and other natural resources.
Sibley County Soil and Water Conservation District
Soil erosion, water quality, drainage, and soil management are the primary conservation objectives of the District.
Stevens County Soil and Water Conservation District
The mission of the Stevens Soil & Water Conservation District is to work with county landowners in putting conservation practices on the land and to help all citizens be good stewards of our natural resources.
Swift County Soil and Water Conservation District
The Swift Soil & Water Conservation District seeks to achieve and maintain the highest quality and quantity of our natural resources. Swift County will provide protection of land and water resources and is committed to providing assistance to any individual, group or agency that requests help in managing their natural resources.
Watonwan County Soil & Water Conservation District
To assist the people of Watonwan County in the wise management of the quality and quantity of ground and surface water, the wise management of wind and water erosion areas, and to educate landowners to recognize the need for proper soil and water resource management.
Yellow Medicine County Soil and Water Conservation District
County: Yellow Medicine
The mission of the Yellow Medicine Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is to provide technical, financial, and educational support to the public for the purpose of conserving and protecting soil, water, and other natural resources.